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Child Safety Triumph: Ocala Police Nab Multiple Predators in Sting

The diligent efforts of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detectives have resulted in multiple arrests aimed at safeguarding children from online threats. Recent apprehensions include Allen Reynolds, 48, Grier Thomson Jr., 60, and Kenneth Sanabria, 33.

On March 20, Detective Blanton apprehended Allen Reynolds, a convicted felon, after a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children flagged Reynolds for storing multiple files of child sexual abuse material online. Following a thorough investigation and execution of a search warrant, Reynolds was found in possession of a stolen firearm, leading to his arrest on multiple charges, including possession of child pornography and possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon.

On March 13, Detective Ridge arrested Grier Thomson Jr. based on an ICAC investigation originating from Millen, Georgia. Detective Ridge identified Thomson Jr. as the perpetrator of sexually explicit conversations with an undercover Georgia detective. Thomson Jr. was apprehended and charged with various offenses, including transmission of harmful material to a minor and soliciting a child to engage in sexual conduct.

On Feb. 28, Detective Blanton arrested Kenneth Sanabria following a cyber tip indicating his possession of child sexual abuse material. Upon executing a search warrant, detectives discovered Sanabria, his fiancée, and their two children living in deplorable conditions, leading to charges of child neglect in addition to possession of child pornography.

These ICAC investigations, often initiated by cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, require extensive efforts such as subpoenaing service providers, executing search warrants, and conducting interviews. Despite the challenging nature of these cases, detectives Blanton and Ridge’s dedication has led to successful apprehensions, highlighting their commitment to ensuring the safety of children in our communities.

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